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Friar: Pomeranz might be of real use for the Sox in the postseason


Friar: Pomeranz might be of real use for the Sox in the postseason

BOSTON -- It’s like they traded for Drew Pomeranz all over again -- but got a completely different pitcher.

Ironic, given commissioner Rob Manfred was present Sunday and told reporters that the Red Sox could have rescinded the trade after news broke from foul play by San Diego.

MORE FROM MANFRED: Manfred, MLB offered Red Sox the opportunity to rescind Pomeranz deal

After his appearance from the bullpen Sunday night, it almost seems like it was worth it -- in the short term at least.

Not only was Pomeranz effective -- giving his team a second option for a lefty from the pen in October -- but his fastball was pumping, touching 96.

If you look at his average fastball velocity, according to Fangraphs, his hardest throwing season was 2015 when he averaged his fastball sat 91.9, as a reliever.

“I don’t know, maybe some extra rest…I don’t know,” Pomeranz said when asked where the huge velocity jump came from.

Starters tend to throw much harder when they move to the pen. Which makes sense, since there’s no need to pace themselves. But to see a 5-MPH jump, when fatigue’s setting -- to go with throwing 91-92 in the rotation or out of the bullpen -- it just doesn’t make sense, no matter how you spin it.

While Sunday’s outing was great, it comes with another follow up for Pomeranz, “Can you do that again?”

“We’ll see, I don’t know,” he said. “Feeling pretty good mechanically. Had some extra time to really focus on those mechanics.”

So it’s up in the air if Pomeranz can be a power arm from the pen down the stretch. But he doesn’t feel that’s crucial to his success. What’s more important is he’s familiar with the role.

“I haven’t come out of the bullpen in a game -- I guess I did in the All-Star game -- since last year,” Pomeranz said. “I feel pretty comfortable out there coming into any situation because I’ve done everything.

“It feels just like yesterday I was in the bullpen. You can’t really faze me out there since I’d done everything just last year . . . I know the mentality coming in there. It’s a different game coming out of the bullpen than it is starting.”

Clear conviction from a typically soft-spoken starter. Maybe there is an edgy side to Pomeranz, all he needed was to be back in a position he’s more familiar with.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.